Selinda Canoe Trail
The Selinda Canoe Trail is a 4 night, 5 day adventure traversing the remote and pristine waters of the Selinda Spillway, in north eastern Botswana. The waterway links Botswana's Okavango Delta and Linyanti and Kwando water systems. This is the ideal setting for Botswana's leading canoeing and walking safari, hosting a mere eight guests on each departure. The Trail hearkens back to the spirit of safaris of old, where days are spent on impromptu exploration and each night camping along the banks of a river. This area is well known for elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, wild dog and it is possible to encounter predators and a variety of other species en route. The Spillway is also a birding paradise but has relatively few hippos or crocodiles, making for a relaxing journey.
The high rains of the 2009 wet season resulted in epic floodwaters. For the first time in nearly three decades the Selinda Spillway flowed in full, connecting these two ancient waterways.
The Trail begins roughly 45 kilometers downstream from Selinda Camp and explores eastward meandering through the Selinda Reserve. The journey is completed close to the convergence of the Linyanti and Kwando waterways. The 4 night safari consists of a combined three full days and two half-days of relatively easy paddling and four nights in impromptu fly camps along the way. The stops en-route are not pre-arranged. Whilst paddling you’ll encounter wildlife along the banks, and after disembarking will enjoy walks, looking for tracks and signs. After brunch and a bit of a siesta, the safari continues and arrives at the campsites before dark.
The Selinda Canoe Trail ends at Selinda Camp mid-morning on the 5th day, when you can be transferred to Selinda Reserve airstrip
for your connecting charter aircraft. Ideally though, one should consider extending their Selinda Reserve experience by staying at either Selinda or
Why we like it
- A canoe safari in Botswana
- Camping under the stars
- Impromptu & spontaneous
- A small group
- Adventure & adrenalin